My brother in law was looking at a property along a main road in the City of Yarra, Melb, and was asking me whether you can build apartments on the property as there is apartment building further down the same road. The land in question is marked as C1Z commercial 1 zone, Whereas the apartments further down the road are in a mixed use zone. Further investigation on their behalf found the following: http://www.allens.com.au/pubs/env/foenv10may13.htm?classic=true where in one part of the document it says: " Commercial 1 Zone The purpose of the new Commercial 1 Zone is primarily for mixed-use centres, including retail, office and commercial uses with the potential for high-density residential developments. It will apply on land currently zoned Business 1, 2 and 5 Zone. All retail uses (except adult sex bookshops) are as of right uses in this zone, as are all accommodation uses (other than corrective institutions), subject to satisfying a 2-metre frontage condition. The new zone contains some notable changes from the draft version of the zone: The new zone will allow floor space limits on office and shop uses in 'rural municipalities', by translating all existing limits into a schedule to the new zone. Floor space limits on these uses will not otherwise be allowed within the urban growth boundary in metropolitan Commercial 1 Zones. Residential use in this zone will not require a planning permit, subject to a condition that the ground-floor frontage does not exceed two metres. This is intended to encourage an 'optimum' mix of employment and residential uses within the zone. So what does this mean? Can you build apartments on commercial zoning? Will it be straightforward, or additional issues rather than something that may be zoned correctly?